The Mariners originally signed the Japanese import as a starter this offseason. The move was praised by almost every media outlet as an excellent low cost high reward deal, that could potentially aide the Mariners’ somewhat short rotation.
Iwakuma put together a horrific camp in Arizona, and was demoted to the pen halfway through. After being given a courtesy start against his kinship in an exhibition game in Japan, Iwakuma fell off the face of the planet. It was several weeks into the actual season until we finally got a chance to see the Japanese import in action.
The results have not been kind.
Iwakuma has been nothing short of bad. Giving up 10 runs in 15 innings of mop up baseball alone is nothing pretty.
15 innings alone is not enough to call this project a lost cause. However, combined with Wedge’s refusal to play the pitcher, it could to be time to part ways with the Japanese import